Monday, September 27, 2010

A Most Memorable Weekend!!

What an amazing weekend I had!!

A couple of months ago, Bonnie, Linda and Audrey attended Walker Homestead’s “Simple Treasures From the Past” Antiques & Primitives show in June and were asked to be the judges for the Best Booth contest in the upcoming show in September. When I found out that Kristine was flying in from North Dakota to join in the fun, I was VERY envious!! I wanted to go SO bad!!

So when my hubby suggested that we take a little weekend trip, I was SO excited!!! I couldn’t believe it!! I was going to finally get to meet these girls who I’ve become friends with through A Primitive Place forum! How cool is that?!!!

When Saturday morning came, I was extremely nervous! I couldn’t believe this was going to become a reality! Chuck dropped me off at the Walker Homestead on his way to go golfing and as I was making my way through, looking for APP’s tent, I saw Bonnie and Kristine cross over from the tent to a vendor’s booth. My heart dropped to my stomach! This was it….they’re HERE!! As I approached the tent, I was greeted with so much enthusiasm and warm hugs, that I felt an instant connection with these women, like we’ve all been long lost best friends! We seemed to feel at ease with each other so much that anyone who didn’t know the situation, would have had a hard time believing that this was the first time we’ve met!

I had the best time EVER!! I was so sad to see it come to an end! I didn’t want to leave!! I surely hope that we can get together again in the future!!

Here are all of us together!


Ashley (Photographer & cover layout), Audrey (Marketing Assistant), Me (Prim Project Coordinator), Kristine (Owner, Editor & Publisher), Linda (Photographer & Contributing Writer), Kris Casucci (Walker Homestead), Bonnie (Owner, Photographer, Director of Publications & Marketing), Doreen Piechota (Walker Homestead), and Margo (Photographer for the cover photos)

Here are a few pictures of the some of the booths.

Lots of Eye Candy!!!






I think Kristine saw something that she really liked!!




I really didn’t think we would have time to do anything else while we were in Sturbridge, but we were lucky enough to make it there by 3:00 on Friday afternoon and had the chance to visit the Old Sturbridge Village. It’s a wonderful place where you can experience early New England life from 1790-1840. They have historians in costume that carry out the daily activities of an early 19th-century community.

Mind you, for anyone that would like to visit the village, I recommend you give yourself more time to spend there than 2 hours like we did. We didn’t get to experience all that they had to offer, but, fortunately for us, we have a place here in Ohio close by called Hale Farm & Village that is very similar. You can watch blacksmiths, glass blowers, candle makers, basket weavers, brick makers and textile weavers as they apply their craft and share with you how these items were used in the earlier times.

This is the Friends’ Meeting House


These next two are of the Freeman Farmhouse:



(Look at those stone walls!!)

This one is just a random shot


You could take a ride on the stagecoach:


After our ride, the driver was very gracious to climb down and hold the horses so that Kory could pet them. While talking with him, after he learned where we came from, he informed us that he bought both of the horses in Holmes county, here in Ohio (aka Amish country!) How cool is that?!!


These next 3 shots are of the pond and lake that are on the premises. What a gorgeous view!!!




This photo is of the Carding Mill. I love this stone wall, too!


Here is the Parsonage’s House


The Firearms & Textiles Exhibit


The Glass House & Cottage


I love all of the stone walls that are all throughout Massachusetts!

These next two photos are of the Herb Garden. I would LOVE to have a garden like this!!




On the way there and back, we enjoyed looking at the gorgeous scenery! The trees were starting to changes colors and it was a glorious sight! I took a few pictures. Not all of them turned out….after all, it was kind of hard in a moving vehicle! lol

This was a beautiful sight to see at 7:00 am! It was in New York, a few miles from the Pennsylvania border.




This last shot is in Pennsylvania. I thought it was gorgeous!



Well, that’s all for now. I know you’ve been waiting to see the 2 big purchases that I mentioned in my last post and I promise you, I’ll post them in a couple of days.

Until Next Time. . . . Kris


  1. Wow what I wouldn't have given to have been on that trip with your ladies. Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. Your pictures are beautiful Kris. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing what you bought earlier.

  2. Hi Kris, my first comment didn't go through, hope this does. So glad you got to meet the ladies of APP, looks like you all had a great day. I thought the hot air balloon scene looked familiar, that picture was taken near my home near Middletown NY. How cool that you got to see that. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!

  3. I wish I had known about the show and who was going to be there, would have loved to come up. I haven't been to Sturbridge in years, but I used to love going there.


  4. I am so glad you got to go and join everyone Kris.You have shared some beautiful photographs of your trip.You'll have some wonderful memories.:)

  5. Oh that looks like an awesome place. Sounds like a great time was enjoyed by all! Very happy for you.

  6. such wonderful pictures Kris from such a memorable weekend!'s so great that you got to go!


  7. So wonderful to see you all meeting at such a Wonderful place! Even better!! Online friends are the best!

  8. How fun!! Looks like you had an awesome weekend. Great pics....Im so envious of all the Prim goodies you got to see!

  9. I think it's great that all you girls finally got to meet one another! Thanks Kris, for a trip down memory lane for me. Sturbridge Village is a place I often describe to my friends here in Idaho. I visited there on a field trip in the 6th grade!! (to many years ago) and later in my early adulthood. It is exactly how I remember it to be. New England is famous for the stone walls, beautiful works of art!
    Blessings to you~

  10. What a wonderful trip! and even more so that your sweet Hubby offered to take you! I think mine would have too!!
    Glad you had fun,

  11. It was so wonderful being all together. Can't wait till next time and hoping Dan will be there too!!

  12. Yep, I am so jealous of you having the chance to go and NOT taking your favorite Buckeye friend (lol). Looks like a beautiful place. I think I could stay for days and just take tons and tons of pictures of the beautiful scenery and then stay for a few more days and go shopping and then stay for a few more days and try the food (lol). Yep, looks like a place I would love to be. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. So happy you had a wonderful time and returned home safely. Can't wait to see those purchases.... I have been waiting long enough already : )


  13. Kris it sounds like you had a great time.
    Your pics are all so good, I especially like the ones of the pond and lake.........beautiful!
    It has been fun to read all of the different posts about your weekend and see all the different pics that everyone took. I was glad that you were able to go and represent our OHIO!

  14. So glad you enjoyed got to all finally meet eachother Kris!! And glad you enjoyed your little taste of New England. I could not believe how darned hot it was Saturday..I wish it had been a bit cooler too,,, but hey at least it was'nt cold or Rainy!! The weather was unreal for September 25th!! Mid 70's would have been nice huh?? lol!! I think at one point we passed a bank on the way to the show and it was 91 in the sun!!Was very nice to get to meet you girls!!!

  15. Hi Kris,

    Darn, you probably went on interstate 80 in PA and were only 1/2 mile from my house ! I live not far from the highest point on I-80 East of the Mississippi (2,250 feet).

    Connecticut has lots of those stone fences, too.

    I love that area up full of history.

    Thanks for sharing the photos .


  16. Wonderful pictures, Kris! I'm so glad you were able to make the trip and the show looks fantastic. I have never been to New England, but I plan to get there sometime. I think it great that all of you girls finally got to meet in person.

  17. Beautiful pictures Kris! Thanks for sharing... what a great weekend you had!

  18. Oh my gosh Kris the shots of the hot air balloons was right over my house!!!! The airport which is about 1/4 mile down the road from me is where they take off. On Sunday mornings the balloons are directly over my house and we wave to the people in them!
    So glad you had such a great time with the gals. I have heard so many endearing comments about you from all the ladies! Love the pics of Sturbridge. Someday I hope to visit. We are only a few hours away but somehow never seem to go north when we vacation. After seeing your pics I am even more determined to go! Loved this post!

  19. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.. I am jealous. After seeing all your wonderful pictures I hope to visit some day. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.

  20. I'm so HAPPY you guys made the trip!!! What a fun time...I shoulda had ya stop here and pick me up ;)
    Love seeing the pics of all of you girls TOGETHER!!!
    Beautiful scenery shots too, Kris.

  21. Oh goodness Kris...a beautiful post.
    One of these times I'm going to schedule a vacation JUST TO GO TO WALKER HOMESTEAD at show time. Just beautiful. I saw lots of treasures in the pictures I'd have gone home with.

    And Sturbridge Village...been there 3 times and never get tired of it. Guess it's time for another trip.

    What a gorgeous view of those hot air balloons.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful trip with all of us.


  22. What a wonderful weekend! There's nothing like Fall in New England. So glad you had a blast, Kris...

  23. Hi Kris
    thank you for sharing your wonderful weekend..I think to myself one of these days I am going to have to make the trip.. :0)

  24. How wonderful for you! I could just feel your excitement in this post and it made me excited! Lol! Sounds like a wonderful time and all your pictures are gorgeous!


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